Private messages

Private messages (PMs) are one-on-one conversations between you and another user. Group private messages (group PMs) are small discussions with a group of users.

PMs and group PMs work well for one-off conversations. If you find yourself frequently conversing with the same person or the same group of people, we highly recommend creating a private stream for your conversations instead.

Note that group PMs are not the same as user groups or private streams. PMs and group PMs do not have topics and do not appear in your list of streams.

Send a PM

  1. Click the New private message button at the bottom of the app, or use the x keyboard shortcut.

  2. Start typing the name of the person you want to message, and select their name from the list of suggestions.

  3. Compose your message, and click Send.

You can also click on any user in the right sidebar, or click on a user's profile picture or name, and select Send private message.

  1. Tap the private messages ( private messages ) tab at the bottom of the app.

  2. Tap the New PM button at the top of the app.

  3. Start typing the name of the person you want to message, and select their name from the list of suggestions.

  4. Compose your message, and tap the send (send) button in the bottom right corner of the app.

You can also tap on a user's profile picture or name, and tap the Send private message button at the bottom of the app.

Send a group PM

  1. Click the New private message button at the bottom of the app, or use the x keyboard shortcut.

  2. Start typing the name of the person you want to message, and select their name from the list of suggestions. You can continue adding as many message recipients as you like.

  3. Compose your message, and click Send.

  1. Tap the private messages ( private messages ) tab at the bottom of the app.

  2. Tap the New group PM button at the top of the app.

  3. Start typing the name of the person you want to message, and select their name from the list of suggestions. You can continue adding as many message recipients as you like.

  4. Approve by tapping the checkmark (checkmark) button in the bottom right corner of the app.

  5. Compose your message, and tap the send (send) button in the bottom right corner of the app.

Access a PM or group PM

If using Zulip in a browser or desktop, there are several ways to access an existing PM or group PM.

  • Click on Private messages near the top of the left sidebar to access recent conversations.
  • Click on any user in the right sidebar.
  • Start typing a user's name in the search bar. You'll be able to select PMs or group PMs with that user.
  • Open the compose box, and enter a list of users on the To: line. Type Ctrl + . to open that conversation.